Four fifth graders from Fairmont PrivateSchools’ Mable Campus in Anaheim demonstrated their top-notch talent for scientific innovation in Toshiba’s ExploraVision Competition. ExploraVision is the largest student science/technology competition in the world, with 4,807 competing teams this year. The Fairmont team, led by science teacher Kathryn Baham, was named the national first place winner in the 4th-6th grade division for their project “Hearing the World’s Silent Side.” The team members include Chloe S. of Fullerton, Taylor T. of Orange, Riya B. of Buena Park and Raj S, of Anaheim.
As first place winners, each student will receive a U.S. EE Savings Bond worth $10,000 at maturity. Additionally, the students, their parents and their teacher Ms. Baham will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for the ExploraVision Awards Weekend May 30-June 2, 2012. The weekend will include a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress, a Science Showcase during which the students will display and demonstrate their winning ideas, a Satellite Media Tour and a Gala Awards Banquet.
The ExploraVision competition challenges Kindergarten through 12th graders to propose how a current technology might be used 20 years in the future. Fairmont’s team of students studied the cochlear implant (hearing aid) and was shocked to discover that with today's technology doctors are still unable to help patients with deafness caused by auditory nerve damage. To find a solution, the students looked to the technology that is currently being tested for spinal cord injuries and wondered if that technology could be re-purposed in deaf patients. The answer, it turned out, was yes.
Applying this creative thinking, the students came up with their product: “Hearing the World’s Silent Side” [HWSS]. HWSS is a mixture of two components: nanofibers used in Spinal Cord technology and a 2012 Cochlear Implant. In HWSS the nanofibers are used to coat the auditory nerve. When sound waves enter the ear they are able to bypass the nerve damage. Combining this nanofiber technology with the regular cochlear implant results in a perfect solution for any type of hearing loss.
Congratulations to our young innovators!
Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools